Articipate Staff and Board

Articipate Staff

bones Trevor “Bones” Davis — Executive/Program Director

Bones was born Trevor Davis in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has been a professional musician since 1985 . Prior to this he was a Search & Rescue Boat operator in the US Coast Guard, aquired his private Captain’s licence and moved to Los Angeles. After two years in CA, he toured England with a Hair band and stayed for 10 years. Bones has been a teacher since and early age when he helped his Father teach Sailing and Canoeing. He has taught percussion for over 20 years and is a certified Skiing, Snowboarding, Rock climbing and Whitewater Kayaking instructor.

jillJill Davis — Co-Founder

At a young age Jill Davis knew her heart would eventually find itself living in Colorado. Born in Trenton, Michigan and re-located to Kansas during her teenage years Jill began her love of the outdoors through fieldtrips, vacations, camping and rock climbing with friends. As a college student, Jill chose to study education as a mode to share the wonders of nature with others. After graduating from Kansas State University with an education degree, Jill was awarded an opportunity to study abroad and spent a semester traveling in Europe and working with the University of Amsterdam. Upon returning to the United States she was offered a position teaching middle school science in Littleton, Colorado. After 4 years on the Front Range Jill took the leap to change lifestyles and head for the mountains of Salida. After several part time jobs to make ends meet, Jill scored a position with the Buena Vista Public Schools where she currently teaches a variety of high school science courses and health. Jill actively volunteers for the Colorado Division of Wildlife teaching teachers to use the environment as a classroom. Playing in the outdoors continues to pull at Jill’s heartstrings and she can be found rafting the gems of the west, and traveling across the many nearby trails by bike or foot with her two dogs and husband, Articipate co-founder Bones.

10487235_781369068552324_7878465946202432693_nPaige Madden — Administrative Director

Paige was born and raised in Ohio and moved to Salida in September of 2014. Paige studied studio art at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. With a liberal arts background she hopes to further her knowledge and leadership skills in the non-profit sector. Having studied art in college Paige hopes to continue to make artwork to show in Salida and the surrounding areas. She is very excited with her new role at Articipate and is eager to learn and give as much as she can.

Board of Directors

HeadshotSuzanne Ewy — Board Chair

Suzanne has spent the past twenty-five years as a community builder, an attorney, a nonprofit specialist, an art supporter, and a conservationist.  Her circle of friends and family are full of artists and, while not an artist herself, she well understands how much support artists need from the rest of the world.  She loves Articipate and the programs it brings to the community and especially to the youth.  She loves kids (small and big, young and old), art, the outdoors, and conservation.

060John Russell — Treasurer

John and his wife moved to Salida in 2012 from Florissant Co., where they were associated with Sanborn Western Camps, living and working on the 6 thousand acre ranch as a part of Colorado Outdoor Education Center. With a business background, John’s early career was in financial planning, securities and insurance planning for small business clients across the country. Still active with a nationwide client base, his new passion as turned to oil painting. Living in Salida has opened a whole new world for landscapes, centered around 14ers, the Arkansas River, mountain streams, farms, ranches, back roads and quiet paths of aspen and pine. Easy motivation in this serene setting at the base of some of this country’s most beautiful mountains and the Arkansas River Valley. The Arkansas Valley is unparalleled in four season splendor. It is why Salida is so rich in art, music, theatre. To art, it means being a part of sharing each others talents. It means teaching those that have a heart for your same passion, a great reward and one found in abundance in Salida and through all the activities of Articipate. I am so happy to play a small part of this good venture.


Cam Ziminski — Secretary

Retired Teacher & Nonprofit Manager; Owner, San Isabel Bed & Breakfast; contributing member, Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas; Volunteer, Sunshine Shelter in Poncha Springs; Volunteer, Caring and Sharing Resource Center; Past Mentor, Chaffee County Mentors


Brinkley Messick — Board Member

Brink Messick works for Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado as the Volunteer and Partnership Coordinator on the Rio Grande National Forest and San Luis Valley Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management. Originally from North Carolina, Brink followed his outdoor pursuits west and has resided in Salida since 2006 because of the unique mix of creative culture and multi sport opportunities. Currently Brink self medicates his self diagnosed ADD by painting, assembling, drawing, building, biking, climbing, snowboarding, backpacking, dog walking, and high fiving as much as possible.

beth_and_tyler_buena_vista_engagement-110Beth Grimes — Board Member

Born in Idaho, Beth has always known she belonged in the mountains. As the creative founder of Yellow Feather Photography, Beth, has established a career that includes both her love of the outdoors and for people. In school she studied fine art theory and photography, including painting, drawing and technical aspects of lighting, and Beth describes herself as a self-motivated learner. More recently, she taught creative photography and a fundamentals class at Colorado Mountain College. Serving on the board of Articipate has been incredibly rewarding for Beth as she wants to help integrate the educational mission of the program into the larger community. Beth loves hiking, cycling, rock-climbing, painting, drawing, and gardening.